forefather

[ fawr-fah-ther, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌfɑ ðər, ˈfoʊr- /

noun

an ancestor.

Origin of forefather

First recorded in 1250–1300, forefather is from the Middle English word forefader. See fore-, father

Related forms

fore·fa·ther·ly, adjective
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forefather

/ (ˈfɔːˌfɑːðə) /

noun

an ancestor, esp a male

Derived Forms

forefatherly, adjective
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